Freedom to Chill

There are 53 days between the beginning of January and mid-March, when Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., welcome the first day of spring. That's plenty of time to discover a wintry adventure, plan some family-fun, unplug from the winter doldrums, and even find a romantic respite.

Romance

Northern Star Farm

Northern Star FarmThe 18th-Century pleasure of a sleigh ride hills and dales can still be enjoyed amid the 21st-Century hustle and bustle. Northern Star Farm offers rides to families and groups, but the frosty adventure may be best enjoyed with just a special someone, nestled under your woolen blankets.

U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team

US Hot Air BalloonSoaring over scenic Montgomery County is stunning at any time of year. But in winter, the rides provided by the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team are especially magical. The vantage displays a landscape glistening in white and wooded trails dotted by deer tracks.t.

Art & Culture

Keswick Theatre

Keswick CrowdMusic fans will want to make a habit of going to the Keswick Theatre this winter; performers include Vince Gill with Lyle Lovett (January 27), Motown masters The Spinners (February 6) and ABBA the Concert (February 13).

Act II Playhouse

Act II PlayhouseAct II Playhouse offers the wit and wisdom of Samuel L. Clemens in the one-man show Mark Twain Unplugged from January 20 to February 8. The raucous slapstick of Unnecessary Farce takes the stage February 24 to March 22.

DCP Theatre

The Snow Ball DCP TheatreThe lead-up to Valentine's Day inspired DCP Theatre to stage The Snow Ball, a romantic comedy that is perfect for a date night. The run is January 30 to February 14. Another romantic comedy, Cactus Flower, hits the DCP stage beginning March 20.

Adventures

Spring Mountain Adventures

Spring Mountain SkiingFor novice skiers, Spring Mountain Adventures is a great place to learn. For veterans, the 535-foot drop provides quite the chilly challenge. Snowboarding and snowtubing are also offered at the closest slopes to Philadelphia.

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Family Fun

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Join the Continental Army Attention, junior patriots! The Continental Army, under the leadership of General George Washington, requests your services. Report to Valley Forge National Historical Park. Summons dates for these are January 3, February 7, February 16 and March 7.

Arnold's Family Fun Center

Arnold's Karting AdultsWhatever white stuff falls from the sky will not dampen the spirits inside Arnold's Family Fun Center. The go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, duck pin bowling, inflatable bounces and the 400-game arcade are complimented by an onsite Bistro Restaurant & Bar.

History Buffs

Pennypacker Mills

Galusha PennypackerMontgomery County is known for its role in the Revolutionary War, but it had a hand in other conflicts as well, including the Civil War. Pennypacker Mills celebrates the life of local hero Galusha Pennypacker in a retrospective lecture and artifacts presented January 25.

Mennoite Heritage Center

Mennonite Heritage Center EventThe Mennonite Heritage Center presents "Forty Years on the Anabaptist Mennonite Trail" on January 20 at Peter Becker Community. Storyteller John Ruth draws on scenes and persons from 30 countries, interweaving their tales with photographs to present a lively portrait of a spiritual heritage.

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